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My Sweet Lord vs. He's So Fine
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That's where the grey area comes in. Although, intent didn't matter in plagairism cases, as the following article shows (just copy and paste): http://abbeyrd.best.vwh.net/mysweet.htm. Great article. So I feel the case is right, but it's too grey.

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I'd never heard He's So Fine before. I think Harrison's contribution to My Sweet Lord is so much bigger than any contribution made by the Chiffons that it shouldn't matter that they have similar tunes.

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I feel that if 'My Sweet Lord' wasn't as big of a hit as it was, he would never have been sued. It's just another way of someone trying to make some money.

Being a musician myself, I think we all borrow from different songs sometimes not realizing it. No one would ever sue someone for a song that was a filler and had no radio play. I guess that's just the way it goes. 

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The Inner Light has a point. It's like how some people were saying that "I Know (I Know)" has a part similar to a later Beatles song. Some parts and cords with obviously be reused, but I guess it just depends on how.

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Useful addition to my longwinded post up there: I was just leafing through an anthology of old Rolling Stone reviews, and I found Ben Gerson's original (positive overall) review of All Things Must Pass from Jan. 7/71, in which he bluntly calls "My Sweet Lord" an "obvious rewrite" of the Chiffons song. So that better illustrates my point about the similarity being instantly apparent, at least to professional music reviewers.

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Ive always found He's So Fine to far inferior so id agree with  Til There Was You. When my brother and i first heard about the case years ago we played both one after the other and the similarities were very noticable so its real surprise the lawsuit came. 

 It would be interesting to see what changed between Run For Your Life/Baby, Lets Play House where nothing happened even tho John stole two lines and Come Together/ You Cant Catch Me. Maybe if it had been in the mid 60's George would have gotten away with it. Was it only that whilst RFYL was only an album track CT and MSL were both hit singles?

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Well, "Run For Your Life" only took a single line (or two, depending how your write it out) from "Baby Let's Play House", and none of the melody. (Also, I wouldn't be surprised if "I'd rather see you dead little girl..." had already first appeared in some other old blues song predating THAT one.) And whereas John was sued for a different two-line bit in "Come Together" - even though he didn't even take two lines word-for-word, although his phrasing of them was similar to Chuck Berry's - that case was settled out of court, so the result's not the same as HSF/MSL.

But those are interesting comparisons, because whereas both Lennon borrowings were deliberate enough to be considered homages, that's not the same as George remembering and old tune but forgetting that he remembered it, which is what I think happened. (And now that you mention it, I'll bet that releasing "Run For Your Life" as a big #1 hit single WOULD have made it more susceptible to an attempted lawsuit, even though I still don't think it would be warranted.)

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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John earned a large amount for Berry's people by covering three songs for Rock And Roll. The agreement was to cover them for Walls And Bridges, but John forgot so rushed Rock And Roll.

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